Will Brigantine make a deal with golf course expert Ron Jaworski? Or will Mayor Guenther say ‘no thanks’ to JAWS and take the ‘Links at Brigantine’ non-profit? Find out on Wed night at 6p, at the Brigantine City Council Meeting.
‘Food & Beverage’ could be the deal breaker in this deal as Guenther & Councilman Simpson may look to keep that proven money maker out of the hands of Jaworski, and into the hands of a local food management group. Some suggest Guenther would like to hand the Food & Bev concession to the folks behind ‘Mad Dog Morgans’.
It’s well known that ‘food & bev’, along with catering, weddings & special events can really prop up a struggling golf course. Potentially 50% or more of operating revenue can come from non-golfing revenue streams. Interesting to note: ‘Links at Brigantine Golf’ rarely hosts wedding receptions which are known to be substantial profit centers. The Links can easily handle a 75 person wedding reception.
Did Mayor Guenther & Councilman Simpson keep ‘Food & Beverage’ out of Jaworski Brigantine Golf Deal?
We look forward to expert commentary during the public comment from Jim Fraser, owner of the Mays Landing Country Club. Fraser knows all too well of the downside of municipal golf courses going the non-profit route, as it allows for greater levels of non-transparency…..aka ‘shenanigans’.
Fraser’s golf course & country club in Mays Landing has been directly affected by the harmful affects of his city government in EHT, competing against the local business community. Ex: Egg Harbor Twp spent over 10 mil to develop McCullough Emerald Links via taxpayer dollars, and competed directly against Fraser’s privately owned course.
The BRIGANTINE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION has this to say about the situation: Economic Development – Which Way for Brigantine’s City-Owned Golf Course?
PUBLIC DISCUSSION to be held at the City Council Meeting, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, City Hall, 6 p.m.
• Which is the better choice to realize the course’s potential to boost the island’s struggling economy?
• Who should pay to make the course profitable and competitive-the taxpayers who began to subsidize the course in 2014, or a successful, multi-course golf business (Ron Jaworski Golf ) which has submitted a proposal for a lease?
• Should City government continue to be involved in running a business and burdening the taxpayers or should it be the responsibility of a professional, experienced privately-run golf company with the resources to make the course a thriving part of the community?
HEAR THE FACTS AND FIGURES NEEDED FOR AN OBJECTIVE, APPROPRIATE DECISION. HELP CITY COUNCIL MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR ALL TAXPAYERS.
Harry Hurley from WPG 1450 Radio & Jim Fraser from Mays Landing Country Club to attend meeting. Listen Here >>